Archery in Schools
What is NASP®?
National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) promotes instruction in international-style target archery to youth. It was initially developed to serve educators looking for ways to improve student motivation, attention, behaviour, attendance, and focus. NASP® was also started to address the growing concern that too many young people are forgoing learning outdoor skills that will inspire them to spend more time in the outdoors.
What is BC NASP?
The BC National Archery in the Schools Program (BC NASP) is a BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) program that is affiliated with the US-based NASP® program. As per its US counterpart, this program promotes youth education, physical activity and participation in the lifelong sport of Archery. The program provides training to youth from grades 4–12. The program covers archery safety, equipment, technique, concentration skills, and self-improvement
The program objectives are to:
- Improve self-confidence, motivation, concentration and focus
- Encourages students to exhibit task-on behaviour resulting in fewer discipline
- problems and success in their inter-personal relationships
- Improve academic performance and increased attendance in Physical
- Education classes
- Increase student interest in hunting and shooting sports
Before presenting the 2-week archery course to students, teachers must undergo an 8-hour NASP® Basic Archery Instructor Training (BAIT) Program. During training, teachers learn how to set up and operate a safe archery range in their gymnasium. They are taught whistle signals which are used to direct students to do various maneuvers. They are also taught archery techniques, safety, and the “Eleven Steps to Archery Success”. Finally, sessions are conducted to explain inspection, maintenance and operation of the bows and arrows.
After successfully completing BC NASP’s 8-hour training, equipment is ordered by the school. One set of archery equipment kit costs about $4000. However, this cost may be partially subsidized by BC NASP depending on available funds. Many schools have turned to their local communities to fund raise for these kits and have had overwhelming support.
The archery equipment used in the typical PE class is a kit consisting of:
- 11 bows (ten right-hand and one left-hand)
- five-dozen arrows
- five targets
- bow rack
- an arrow restraint net (30' L x 8'3" H)
- archery repair kit